NMC responds to Welsh Government’s intention to introduce nursing associate role

Published on 19 January 2024

Andrea Sutcliffe, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

"More than 10,000 nursing associates have joined our register since 2019, helping to bridge the gap between registered nurses and health and care assistants in England. The role has also proved a successful pathway for almost 1,500 professionals who have gone on to become registered nurses. We know they’ve made a valuable contribution to safe, kind and effective care for people using health and social care services.

“We welcome the request from the minister to regulate nursing associates in Wales. This needs to be discussed and decided by our Council, and subject to their approval, it would require the UK government to make changes to our legislation. We look forward to working with our partners on this important proposal.”

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